The start of 2019 began with an incredible achievement that was many years in planning, quite opposite from many new years resolutions. The most distant object ever visited by humanity, Ultima Thule, was photographed by the New Horizons spacecraft about 4 billion miles from Earth. You can imagine the champagne toast at NASA as the New Horizons spacecraft, racing through space at 32,400 mph, sent an initial confirmation of this new object that was received January 1st, at 12:33am and took 10 hours to reach Earth. The spacecraft signaled when it was closest, a mere 2,200 miles, to the bowling pin-shaped rock. New Horizons was taking photographs and collecting data of the object, and in the coming days and months, as more data is sent, we will see more photographs and more detail.
Jeff Moore, of NASA's Ames Research Center, said this about the object and the historic event: "We think what we're looking at it is perhaps the most primitive object that has yet been seen by any spacecraft, and may represent a class of objects which are the oldest and most primitive objects that can be seen anywhere in the present solar system." As we learn more, astronomers will begin to further classify Ultima Thule, study its origins, and learn more about the far reaches of space and the processes which form and shape our solar system.
The first goal for New Horizons was to reach Pluto. That goal took 9 long years (July 14, 2015) and then almost another 4 more years to reach its second goal, documenting Ultima Thule. The NASA team and their dedication to this project is impressive. In contrast, resolutions and projects for many of us only last months to a year. We haven't heard of many people who work toward a singular goal for over a decade! So, if your resolutions for 2019 don't result in major breakthroughs, if your resolutions don't take over a decade to materialize, if your resolutions don't change the way you think about the world, don't be disheartened! As with any resolution or commitment, don't forget to follow through on daily tasks and don't forget that your resolutions are important and positive goals for you and your personal world.
Resolutions at the start of a new year can be refreshing and exciting, fairly easy to follow, or downright challenging. Most resolutions, however, take time to establish as habit and require dedication for follow through. For our team at DeLacey Dental, resolutions help us focus on our patients: staying up to date on the latest information, delivering excellent customer service, and providing the highest quality of care. There are daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly ways in which we stay accountable to our resolutions, and we renew that commitment every January.
We hope that your year is full of achievements, big and small, improvements for your health and wellness, and happiness for you and your family. Cheers to you and yours for a wonderful 2019!
Yours in health,
Dr. DeLacey, Dr. Larson, and the entire team
"DENTAL SCHOOL" - AIRWAY AND SLEEPING
A recent article in TIME magazine brought up a topic that is incredibly important to us, in an area of healthcare and dentistry that is growing in relevance and importance. Particularly in the last few years, research has shown that a healthy airway, healthy breathing, and healthy sleep has a great impact on your overall health. And, because dentistry involves assessing your mouth and oral health, dental visits are a perfect time to evaluate your airway and how it might play a role in your overall health.
Breathing and a healthy airway also relate to sleep and snoring. Snoring, in particular, might be commonplace, but while it is common it should not be considered normal. Are you aware that you snore while you sleep? Do you feel that your sleep is restful? Do you wake up or get up at night? Have you noticed that you grind your teeth? Are you taking medication for your blood pressure, your heart, depression, or anxiety? All of these questions, and many others, could be signs related to a breathing issue! By no means are these questions indicative of a sleep or breathing issue, but they are signs that an underlying problem may be present. Next time you are in for your regular cleaning and exam, we might be looking at things in a new way or asking new questions in relation to this growing field of knowledge.
JANUARY HEALTH AWARENESS
January is dedicated to several important topics, one of which was established last year that we wanted to highlight. January 2018 was the first year to recognize National Winter Sports TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Awareness Month. The advocacy surrounding this issue involves education for safety and equipment, along with recognizing signs and symptoms of the issues as they happen. See the link below for more information on this topic, along with other topics recognized this month.
National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month